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Swap The Grazing Table With Charcuterie Cups For A Personalized Party Experience

snack ingredients placed in cups
snack ingredients placed in cups - Losangela/Shutterstock

Instead of filling food tables with an expansive array of cheeses and meats, create a more thoughtful party experience for your guests by offering individual serving cups. As impressive of a presentation as a grazing table might be, such a vast help-yourself-buffet-style set-up might not suit every event or accommodate the culinary preferences of each attendee. Instead, consider placing a charcuterie board into a cup form for a handheld snack that can be customized so that everyone at the party can eat contentedly.

Whether you're striving to keep tables clean or are working to cater to specific dietary restrictions of party-goers, charcuterie cups can help ease the demands many hosts face while creating thoughtful events. From vegan-inspired snacks to meat- and cheese-heavy assemblies, the ingredients included in each charcuterie cup can be tailored to suit specific orders, and making these easy-to-grab cups in advance can help control the flow of traffic around food stations.

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A Careful Approach To Catering

table of displayed charcuterie cups
table of displayed charcuterie cups - Lianaruchka/Shutterstock

Think of snack pairings carefully when choosing the ingredients to place into each cup. Skewers and toothpicks can create depth and structure within containers, and the charcuterie cups can be garnished with rosemary sticks, fresh herbs, and sliced fruit. Tall breadsticks and seeded crackers add height, while denser items like nuts and cubes of cheese can be placed at the bottom of each cup to weigh the servings down.

For an aesthetic touch, consider visual markers to indicate vegetarian and pescatarian-friendly portions and cups that cater to other dietary needs like gluten-free and vegan offerings. Labels and colored patterns can help guests differentiate among choices, or you can place thoughtful cards separating the options onto tables. Additionally, individual cups can be labeled with the names of each guest and decorated thematically with stickers and embellishments to complement the party's atmosphere. When stacked neatly together, your beautiful charcuterie cups will easily find their way onto your friends' Instagram feeds.

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